Compliance with physical activity guidelines : prevalence in a population of children and youth

Pate, Russell R., Freedson, Patty S., Sallis, James F., Taylor, Wendell C., Sirard, John R., Trost, Stewart G., & Dowda, Marsha (2002) Compliance with physical activity guidelines : prevalence in a population of children and youth. Annals of Epidemiology, 12(5), pp. 303-308.

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To use objective monitoring of physical activity to determine the percentages of children and youth in a population that met physical activity guidelines.


A total of 375 students in grades 1–12 wore an accelerometer (CSA 7164) for seven consecutive days. Bouts of continuous activity and accumulation of minutes spent in physical activity at various intensities were calculated to determine how many students met three physical activity guidelines.


Over 90% of students met Healthy People 2010, Objective 22.6 and nearly 70% met the United Kingdom Expert Consensus Group guideline, both of which recommend daily accumulation of moderate physical activity. Less than 3% met Healthy People 2010, Objective 22.7, which calls for bouts of continuous vigorous physical activity. For the United Kingdom Expert Consensus Group guideline, compliance decreased markedly with age, but gender differences were not statistically significant.


Prevalence estimates for compliance with national physical activity guidelines varied markedly for the three guidelines examined. Objective monitoring of physical activity in youth appears to be feasible and may provide more accurate prevalence rates than self-report measures.

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ID Code: 72246
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: ISI Document Delivery No.: 561ZX
Times Cited: 187
Cited Reference Count: 33
Pate, RR Freedson, PS Sallis, JF Taylor, WC Sirard, J Trost, SG Dowda, M
Elsevier science inc
New york; <Go to ISI>://WOS:000176173900004
Keywords: MeSH heading key words , exercise, child, adolescence, guidelines, public health surveillance, csa activity monitor, computer-science, energy-cost, self-report, heart-rate, adolescents, validity, epidemiology, statement, health
DOI: 10.1016/s1047-2797(01)00263-0
ISSN: 1047-2797
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Deposited On: 30 May 2014 00:50
Last Modified: 30 May 2014 00:50

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